Communication Officer (Multimedia Producer), Rome, Italy

Organization: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Country: Italy

City: Rome, Italy

Office: FAO Rome

Closing date: Thursday, 1 April 2021


Communication Officer (Multimedia Producer)

Job Posting: 11/Mar/2021

Closure Date: 01/Apr/2021, 9:59:00 PM

Organizational Unit : OCC

Job Type: Staff position

Type of Requisition : Professional

Grade Level : P-2

Primary Location: Italy-Rome

Duration : Fixed-term: 2 years with possibility of extension

Post Number : 2008278

CCOG Code : 1A08

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The length of appointment for internal FAO candidates will be established in accordance with applicable policies pertaining to the extension of appointments.

FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture

Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented member nations and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this position

FAO does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality

The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or duty stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization.

Organizational Setting

The Office of Communications (OCC) is responsible for all corporate and internal communication activities of the Organization. It ensures coherence and consistency in FAO’s corporate messaging and communications‘ outputs, as well as enables cost-effectiveness in use of communication-related resources across the Organization.

Reporting Lines

The Communication Officer (Multimedia Producer) reports to the Senior Communication Officer, Head Digital and Multimedia, OCCI.

Technical Focus

Creation of high-quality visual content (videos, photos etc.) to showcase FAO’s programmatic work and as content for flagship campaigns and events.

Key Results

The provision of external and internal communication-related activities.

Key Functions

Processes, coordinates arrangements, and delivers services;
Researches and analyses communication policy and service delivery issues, maintains operational statistics, and prepares related reports;
Contributes to the development of information and training materials and coordinates and assists in the presentation of information/ training sessions to management and staff;
Provides information and advice to management and staff;
Participates in project teams and work groups.

Specific Functions

Collaborates with digital editors and producers to create compelling multimedia stories and communications products to achieve communication goals;
Assists with the distribution of multimedia materials to news broadcasters and digital media platforms;
Keeps abreast of and implements the latest filming techniques, technical equipment and editing software, music and stock footage and editing techniques including graphics;
Supports the development of a content management system (DAM) which incorporates FAO’s video, photo and digital assets under one system;
Builds FAO’s capacity for visual communications by increasing the quality of video and photo assets in the FAO’s digital asset management system (DAM) and promoting the production and use of assets which meet professional standards;
Ensures the management of audio/video archives, and the proper safekeeping/preservation of historical audio/visual materials;
Assists in providing advisory support and guidance to Country Offices, Regional Offices and other FAO offices on production including standards, formats and storytelling;
Assists in the management contracts with outsourced production houses, agencies, experts and vendors to create top-quality multimedia assets;
Researches and edits photos and videos for use on websites, social media and other digital platforms and for publications;
Assists with photographs at highâlevel events and of FAO’s executive leadership and for marketing purposes CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING

Minimum Requirements

Advanced university degree in communication, communication technology, journalism, or related field;
Three years of relevant experience in communication, news or journalism environment and/or social media networks;
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of another FAO official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish)


Results Focus



Building Effective Relationships

Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

Tags asset management communication policy communication technology content management continuous improvement digital asset management editor journalism knowledge sharing management contracts standards of conduct storytelling transparency video production visual communication

Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable;
Extent and relevance of experience in communication at the international level, including experience in news, journalism and/or multimedia information products including social media and digital communication platforms;
Extent and relevance of experience in video production including filming and digital video editing in a studio setting as well as in the field;
Extent and relevance of experience producing and distributing content for broadcast media;
Extent and relevance of experience in editing with Adobe Premiere software and practical experience with Photoshop and Bridge;
Extent and relevance of experience in working with a high-quality digital asset management (DAM) system;
Proven ability to conceptualize and create photography and videos which follow editorial direction;
Demonstrated ability to produce, optimize and edit photographs and videos at professional level.

Ability to keep abreast of new technological developments in the area of communication, news and/or social media networks

FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.


Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds

FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: allowances/salary.htm Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:

Dependency allowances

Rental subsidy

Education grant for children

Home leave travel

30 working days of annual leave per year

Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund

International health insurance; optional life insurance

Disability protection

FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:

elements of family-friendly policies

flexible working arrangements

standards of conduct.


To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills.

Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
Incomplete applications will not be considered;
Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.

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